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Biden Denied At Least Twice Before Cock Crows

While the room temperature IQs at MSNBC spent Friday celebrating Joe “Rain Man” Biden’s illusory victory in Thursday’s debate, the White House spent the day trying to un-four-letter-Anglo-Saxon-word Biden’s performance.

1. Libya. Joe Biden probably told what he believed to be the truth Thursday night as no sane government would trust Biden with confidential, much less Top Secret, information. In his epic performance he managed to contradict the sworn testimony of at least two senior State Department officials given to Congress this week.  In an article titled “Analysis: Biden rekindles controversy over administration’s Libya statements“, the Chicago Tribune notes:

The Obama administration’s latest verbal bungle over the chain of events leading to the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, rekindled the controversy over the incident on Friday and offered new ammunition to Republican opponents.

In Thursday night’s vice presidential debate, Vice President Joe Biden insisted that “we weren’t told they wanted more security” at the ill-fated U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, where U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens died.

Biden’s statement, at least on the surface, appeared to contradict congressional testimony less than 48 hours earlier from State Department officials, and offered a fresh opening for Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney, who has repeatedly sought to attack the White House over the issue.
To say the least. In response to this grotesque blunder the White House was reduced to defending itself by insisting that the White House was totally unaware of what the State Department and intelligence community now says was known about the Benghazi incident.
Biden has come under fire for saying at Thursday night’s debate, “We weren’t told they wanted more security. We did not know they wanted more security there.”

The Cable asked Deputy National Security Advisor for Communications Ben Rhodes whether Biden was speaking for the entire Obama administration, including the State Department, which acknowledged receiving multiple requests for more Libya security in the months before the attacks. Rhodes said that Biden speaks only for himself and the president and neither of them knew about the requests at the time.

 This is stunning anyway one looks at it. Either the White House was kept in the dark about the security situation in Benghazi or, as seems more likely, they simply lied about their role in this fiasco and set about pointing fingers at State and the intelligence community.
2. Taxes. A center piece of the Obama regimes never ending quest to reduce the American middle class to penury is the tax plan to hit the wealthy with higher taxes to make them ostensibly pay their fair share. According to the regime, earning $250,000 per year makes you a marked man. Never mind that many families composed of a police officer or fireman and a teacher could easily fall into this category, for certain a couple of mid-level civil servants would qualify. In the debate, the wild-eyed Joe Biden made his claim:
“The middle class will pay less, and people making a million dollars or more will begin to contribute slightly more,” the vice president replied. “We’re arguing that the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy should be allowed to expire. Of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, 800 billion dollars of that goes to people making a minimum of a million dollars.”
The only problem here is that this is simply not true. Friday the White House had to revise and extent the Vice President’s remarks to the extent of forcing the hapless spokesmunchkin, Jay Carney, lie yet again to the White House press corps.
“Biden was describing the same policy that has long been his and the president’s — that the Bush tax cuts should be continued for the middle class and expire for those making more than $250,000,” the official said. “When he mentioned millionaires, he was providing an illustration of how much of the high-income tax cuts go to those making $1 million or more. If you take a look at the transcript and numbers below, it’s clear he was referring to a proposal that allows all the Bush tax cuts above $250,000 to expire.”

Indeed, the revenue figures Mr. Biden pointed to — raising $800 billion — only apply to the bigger tax increase.

One wonders whether Biden actually knows what the president has done and proposed to be done over the past four years.

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